The journey of a Matsiguenga child looking for his father in the immensity of the Peruvian Jungle. During his trip, he will cross the path of a Shaman who will prepare him for the external threats he will face.
The short film will take place in the Manu National Park, located in the region of Madre de Dios in the Peruvian Amazon and will be entirely filmed in Matsiguenga language. This is an environmentally-conscious film which relates many of the issues our planet faces today and in particular the damages made in the Peruvian jungle.
Between 2007 and 2009, huge oppositions happened between the government and the indigenous communities to protest against the fast development of oil exploitation in the Peruvian Amazon. These protests led to the death of 23 police officers and a dozen of indigenous, as well as hundreds of innocents left wounded (cf el Baguazo).
Since those events, the situation slightly improved in terms of consideration and protection of the indigenous lands and heritage, although much is left to be done in order to stop the illegal, and too often aggressive, exploitation of natural resources.
Through the aesthetic of Nature and the connection between the child and the jungle, this short movie aims to raise awareness towards the fragility of the Jungle, the scarcity of its resources, and the distress of its local communities.
The choice in filming this movie entirely in Matsiguenga language was made to provide a better understanding and reflection of how Native populations in the Amazon see the world, connect and interact with their precious Mother Earth.
Hugo Pepper Guevara
Director & Producer
Director of Photography and Camera
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